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Letters from our Readers

July 1996

Letters from our Readers

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* I wish
Chlsea Clinton
* True terrorists
* Hello
* Annoying media
* Similar problem
* National organization
* Yeah right!
* Information
* More Googoosh
* Please!
* Stereotypes
* 36,000 in Irvine
* Finally
Vanity plates
* Lil' Ol Mazada
* Art?!!
* Arabic
* Excellent
* I hope
American in Iran
* Enjoy
Iran politics
* Dr Mossadegh
* I'm proud
* Your politics
* Khoshk
* Great job
* Refreshing
* Filling void
* Wonderful May
* Nice
* Norway
* Missing Israeli


Rethinking "Dual Containment"


I think you know what you are talking about. I wish the government of this country would take your advice. I am an American whom has lived about 10 years off and on in Iran and I completely agree with your article.

Bill and Tina Packer
Dreampackers USA


Merci Chelsea!


First of all, my friend, if our dear President Clinton loves the " Iranian culture" so much then why doesn't he take it upon himself to talk peace with the Iranian leader and the government.
And second of all, President Clinton accused the Iranian Government (according to everybody else the "Terrorist Government") of the bombing in Saudi Arabia instead of blaming Saudi Arabians themselves. I think President Clinton should stop pointing fingers and find the true terrorists that are harming and ending the lives of the innocent people around the world.

Javad Mostafavi


Yahoo , Darvish!


Hello , I hope you are having a nice time in the other side of the world. Well, anyway I really liked your article about the Khaneqah in New York. And I look forward to read new articles from you! Good luck! and Khoda hafez!

Mahmood Amiri-Moghadam


Identity Crisis (Part II)


I read what you have experienced in America. It's very depressing to hear the real truth about being singled out in a strange land among two-faced, cold blooded natives.

I have been living in England for the past 10-11 years since I was 14-15, I was fortunate enough to be a ferocious fighter when I was young so I did have a good laugh smashing the racists, ignorant people and complete assholes physically and verbally.

But nowadays I have found the psychological pressures from the media and others quite annoying, these days I can not afford confrontations (job wise and sometimes socially).




This is very similar to the problems which our Indian children are facing. I do wish that more parents try to understand that they have to take the effort to influence their children and not simply expect the local (U.S.) environment to take care of their children's cultural education. And it should be a community effort to be successful and not simply a single family effort.

Anyway, who am I to give suggestions ? I can not even persuade my fellow parents to do something. They expect their children to grow up and out of their cultural identity crisis.

Subir De
Fairfax, Virginia


Keep Me Out Of The Melting Pot


I have spent 22 of my 23 years in the United States. As a young Iranian in this country I see the need not to melt in the melting pot. Iranian boys are called names like "Camel Jockey" and "Sand Nigger." But Iranian girls are treated totally different by the same people. There is a need for Iranian youth in the U.S. to be in contact with each other and support their communities so they do not get involved with the trash I saw around me while I was growing up. Do not get me wrong. I do have a lot of American friends that are just amazing. But I was raised in the U.S. I know what prejudice is. There should be a national American organization for Iranians with chapters all over the U.S. ranging from business to other things.

Babak Darvish


PMS: Misconceptions, Culture, Facts, Symptoms and Relief


Thank goodness someone had the sense to write something about PMS. It was an American friends' comment which was the straw that broke the camel's back about PMS: "My therapist says that PMS is only in the mind and has no roots in reality."

YEAH RIGHT! I said. But didn't argue with her. I can use this article as a certificate of truth.

Thank you Elie!
Bahar Jaberi
Portland, OR



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Googoosh Online!


Nice article..I wish it was longer though. If you ever get a chance please write another article about her. I would love to see a short biography of Googoosh online.

Pedram Missaghi
Granada, Spain


Iranian Under the Veil


I hated the excerpt, even though he is an editor at Atlantic Monthly. You get the sense that he is trying to find something positive about Iranian women's lives so that he can placate his guilt at finding the chador sexy. Please!

Men's dicks always interfere.

Kandice McDonald



I believe that Mr. Kaplan is very gracious for writing such wonderful things about Iranian women. But at the same time I feel that he went to Iran with a set of preconceptions and stereotypes.

The way Mr. Kaplan spoke about Iran's women was as if he was making the observation that Iranian women have always been covered. That's just not the case.
The chador is an Ottoman Turk development.

Iranian women do not come from the culture where they ought to be glad they even exist. I remember in our religious studies courses in Iran we were told again and again that if it weren't for Islam, women would still be buried alive. My question was: Where? Not in Iran, but in Saudi Arabia; not in Lebanon, but in Saudi Arabia; must I go on?

Bahar Jaberi


Sizdah Bedar...Los Gatos, California

36,000 IN IRVINE

I just have to write to tell you not only the Bay Area (in California) celebrated Nowrouz with such a big crowd; Irvine, California, had the biggest in the nation with over 36,000 people in Mason Park. My husband and I went for the first time.

People that were not Iranian couldn't figure out what was happening but they knew everyone was having so much fun. People who hadn't seen friends since back in school ran into each other. I have to say it was a great day.



The Nowrouz Tradition


I just wanted to say that though I am not Iranian, I appreciated your article on Nowrouz. I have been looking everywhere for information on this holiday and finally found just what I needed through your magazine. I was fortunate enough to attend a Nowrouz party this year and had a wonderful time. Again, thanks for the great information!


Cool Drivers


What got my attention mostly, was the cars they drive. Mercedes, BMW, and Volvo seem to be the norm for Iranians in the San Francisco area. I guess my lil' ol' Mazda 323 in the Florida Panhandle would not be on the same "wavelength" as my fellow countrymen.

Oh well, it's a good thing that I'm in the Land of Opportunity. Perhaps I will drive a prestigious car someday. Had I been in Iran, I could've just dreamed of getting where the aristocrats are.

Mehran Azhar



There is only one thing I would like to say to you, Mr. editor and that's: ART MY FOOT. It really takes only this kind of demented imagination to put these license plate photos side by side by Nosrat Karimi's works of real art. This is a exactly what la-obaaly-garee is all about. Congratulations Mr. Editor.

Kaamraan Seyed Moussavi


Gharibi va Zaban Nafahmi dar Vatan


I found 177 Arabic words in only 5 pages, amazing !!!!

Not suggesting to use English in Persian language (Ferdosi didn't suffer for 30 years so we can speak Arabic or English).

M. Ghorbani




Shahrzade Aziz, you have done an excellent job here!

Farrokh Nainavaii


Areh Joone Ammat!


I really enjoyed your thoughts on 007. The stories you wrote about reminded me so much of Iran. I hope we all go back and live the way we used to. It was a lot of fun.

Keyvan Pezeshkian


An American in Iran


I really enjoyed reading your article. It was fantastic that you were able to go to Iran since the Near East is your special interest in school. Great and essential that you took Farsi language classes, as it would be needed for sure in Iran.



From Political Islam to Secular Nationalism


All that you have written was indeed true. Nevertheless almost every thing was the same as Dr. Mosaddeq had said. Thank you very much for trying to enlighten the young generation.

Laya Baghdadi


The Iranian


Congratulations on a great issue! You make us proud. I think I can say by now that you've made it my friend : -)

This "Iranian" is valuable (and welcome).

Mahmoud Shahbodaghi



It is very interesting to see that you are willing to keep all categories of Iranians interested in your magazine, no matter what they believe. And I think you have been successful so far.

I am sure you have got a political approach yourself and also there is a big temptation to oppose or to side with one party or the other. But it is great to see that you have resisted all of those and have attracted the attention of all Iranians from almost all parties. This ought to be congratulated. And I hope that it remains the same in the future too.


Abbas Imani



If you want more success go back and see what made it happen for you. I mean reread all your old issues and messages that you provide to this great Web community.

All those mail massages and articles changed. There was this sense in me when I was reading them, that these are my feeling. However, these newer ones got little "jeddy va khoshk".

I am really sorry for telling you these things, but I like THE IRANIAN and I want more success for it.

Be omid'e movafaghiiat'e bishtar barAyetAn!

KhodA NegahdAr!




You don't know how proud I am to see your site getting better everytime I visit it. I am sure I am not the only one to tell you this, but I can feel it more knowing you from the time you were thinking about starting your magazine. Great Job and congratulation on the most exciting Iranian magazine on the Net.

Majid Zarafshan



How wonderfully refreshing to read these great articles.This must be history in the making in terms of the freedom created by the Net to express oneself in such a wide variety of subjects; all without the presence of the modern day commercialism and stagnant waters in the exiled Persian media. Congrats & more power to you.

Faryar Mansuri
New York City



THE IRANIAN fills a definite void for myself and Iranians who have lived in the U.S. for most of their lives. Keep up the good work.

Best Wishes, and Sadd Afarin!

Amir Amini
Asst. Professor
Yale University



Thanks for the wonderful May Issue of THE IRANIAN. It is getting better with each issue! This most recent issue is just marvelous! Keep up the great work!

Kris Moghaddami



This is really nice. Wish I could have done it. Really looks informative. Keep up the good work

Karl Scott



Thanks for a great publication. Its given at least one Iranian in Norway a link back to the homeland.

Kia Zadegan



As you know of the delicate situation concerning Ron Arad, the missing Israeli navigator, I was wondering whether one of you could shed some light on the subject, such as does Iran hold Ron Arad, and if not who is?!

A. Elisa


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